The Government will allow 6000 spectators into the Nyayo National Stadium for the Nairobi Continental Tour – Kipkeino Classic set for October 3, Sports CS Amina Mohamed said on Monday.
This will be the country’s first sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic that prompted a shutdown of sports activities in March.
The event which is the only leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold set to be held in Africa was officially launched by Ministry of Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed on Monday.
“As at now we have agreed to allow only 6000 fans to the stadium because our target is to have a capacity of 20 per cent in adherence to social distancing rules. Athletics Kenya had requested for 15,000 fans but we will consult with the Ministry of Health,” Amina said at Riadha House.
At the same time, Amina lauded legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino whom the meet is named after.
“Keino is the pioneer of Kenya in middle and long distance events who has mentored generations of athletes in this country,” she said.
Also present at the launch of the event was Keino who was thanked the organisers for the recognition.
“I am happy to see an international event coming to our country. I appreciate the efforts that have been put in by government to host a successful event and it will be a great honour for us let us make it a success,” said Keino.